Growing burger restaurant brand to open in city centre this month

Honest Burgers is heading to central Leeds on 25 July, with its latest restaurant landing on Cloth Hall Street next to the newly pedestrianised Corn Exchange area.

The opening will create 20 new jobs and is the 41st restaurant in the brand’s portfolio, which has seen launches in Liverpool, Manchester and London Bridge in recent years.

Honest Burgers was founded in Brighton in 2009 by friends Tom Barton and Philip Eeles.

It works with many breweries and local bars on a range of food and drink collaborations.

Back in spring, it launched a pop-up at the Leeds Brewery and tap-room Northern Monk, giving the people a taste of things to come with a local special featuring Heathen IPA beer cheese and Faith pale ale pickled onions.

In May this year, the company said it would switch to regeneratively farmed British beef in partnership with farming collective Grassroots.

The move has transformed the group’s supply chain to reduce its carbon footprint and the environmental impact of eating beef.

Menu staples range from the classic HONEST and TRIBUTE burgers to the fiery CHILLI burger which comes loaded with bacon, chilli cheese, Honest hot sauce, shoestring chips, and jalapenos.

The best-selling HONEST – the burger that built the business – is inspired by British farmers market flavours: beef, bacon, cheddar and red onion relish.”

A veggie menu includes a choice of three 100% vegan burgers including the new Indian-spiced sweetcorn, cauliflower, and chickpea FRITTER, and the PLANT and BACON PLANT, both featuring the Beyond Meat burger.

The menu is complemented with a selection of side dishes, including Honest’s signature homemade rosemary salted chips.

Tom Barton, co-founder, said: “Leeds has been a long time coming for Honest and we’re very happy to open on Monday 25 July.

“All of our restaurants have close ties with local breweries and producers. In Leeds that means beers from Northern Monk and a local burger (launching in August) featuring beer pickled onions, smoked cheddar and a brand new black garlic chipotle chutney from lockdown star Thiccc Sauce.”